Education Law

T. Andrew Horvat is an experienced education lawyer with offices in Chicago and Naperville. Read more below about education law and how a free consultation can benefit you.


What is Education Law?

Education law is the body of law that covers the rights of students, parents, teachers, schools, school districts, school boards in public and private schools, as well as when a student is home schooled. The aspects of education covered by the laws include, among others, constitutional rights like school prayer and student expression on school grounds, as well as special education, conduct and discipline, school safety, curriculum standards, testing procedures, school finance, and financial aid. As with civil rights and employment law, educational law also protects the rights of students, teachers, and administrators to be free from unlawful discrimination based on a variety of factors including age, sex, race, political affiliation, sexual orientation, disability, and religious belief.

The rights that govern public and private education are guaranteed and protected by the U.S. Constitution and federal laws enacted by Congress, such as the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 (“EEOA”). Additionally, State, and local laws account for a large amount of educational law. As with civil rights and employment law, the laws regulating education are also derived from court decisions, most notably those handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Common Examples of Education Law Violations

The law regulating a student’s education and those involved in the education of students are numerous and constantly evolving to meet societal changes. Additionally, because civil rights laws and employment laws also protects the rights of students, educators, and administrators, often conduct that violates a law regulating education will also violate an individual’s civil or employment rights. While impossible to list all the ways in which a student or educator’s rights can be violated, some common examples potentially include:


An Experienced Education Attorney Can Help You

If an individual’s educational rights have been violated, he or she can seek financial damages and other relief in both state and federal court. However, before one can be compensated for a violation of their rights, or protect themselves against an allegation that they violated another’s rights, the right at issue must be properly identified. The many sources of education law and their constant evolution makes education law a complex area of law. We can help.

T. Andrew Horvat has two decades worth of experience, including supervising the litigation divisions of several of the largest government agencies in the State where he often litigated the rights of students, teachers, and school boards. As such, Andrew is uniquely qualified to assist you in identifying your rights, determine whether a violation has occurred, accurately assess the strengths and weaknesses of your case, and secure a favorable judgment on your behalf. If you believe your rights have been violated, or you have been accused of violating
another’s rights, please contact us for a confidential and free consultation

Free Education Law Consultation

Horvat Law has law offices in Chicago and Naperville, IL. Whether you are ready to take action, or you simply want to discuss your options, contact us for a free consultation.